Some matches have been held on sub-standard pitches: Hodge

Updated: May 04, 2011, 21:56 PM IST

Kochi: Kochi Tuskers Kerala`s Australian batsman Brad Hodge was critical about some of the pitches that has been on offer during ongoing Indian Premier League.

Mumbai Indians captain Sachin Tendulkar had earlier expressed his displeasure about the Sawai Man Singh stadium strip which wasn`t conducive for Twenty20.

"Rajasthan strip wasn`t the greatest wicket in the world. Other than Delhi, the four wickets at Kolkata, Jaipur including the two strips here were substandard," Hodge was forthright in his assessment ahead of his team`s important match against Kolkata Knight Riders on Thursday.

Hodge, who played for the KKR in the first three seasons said it will be nice if they can repeat their Kolkata performance.

"Nice to beat them at home turf last time. When you play against a former side you try to give your best shot."

All praise for KKR, he said they were playing some good cricket and hopefully they are bit tired from the game last night we can catch them off-guard.

Hodge feels that it`s unfair to crib about the hectic schedule. "It`s tough for everyone," he quipped.

Kochi Tuskers Kerala wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel admitted that their team will now need to win each and every match from now on in their bid to qualify for the play-offs.

"Obviously, they are good side. They are on the top of the table and are playing very well. Its all about momentum. We played well against Daredevils in the last match and we hope to repeat that performance tomorrow," Parthiv said on the eve of the match.

Asked about the pitch, he said "Hopefully, it will be a good wicket. We have had a couple of tricky pitches. But this one looks good."

"We need to win atleast four out of our next five matches. Every game is crucial. Whether we play here or Indore or anywhere elese. But we will take one game at a time and try and win tomorrow," Parthiv said.

Asked if BCCI was unfair in not allowing Indian players to go for the T20 Big Bash Down Under, Parthiv said,"I do not know if BCCI has said no to Big Bash. I am a contracted player. I will have to do what the BCCI tells."

KKR coach Dav Whatmore was all praise for young left-arm spinner Iqbal Abdulla who has been the team`s highest wicket-taker with 12 scalps.

"He has played only three matches in the previous seasons as Murali Karthik was playing most of the matches. This year he has got an extended run and has performed brilliantly."

Terming the defeat in their home game as "history" Whatmore said that they would like to keep up the good work. The burly Australian however refrained from commenting about the nature of strips that are available.